Since the late 1970s a thriving underground scene of extreme music has continued to evolve in Australia. This film takes a look at the bands, people and events that have shaped this unique slice of Australian history. From promoters, radio hosts and magazine editors, to band members and extreme fans, this film introduces you to a world you either didn’t want to know existed, or have been a part of all your life.
Episode 1 tracks the early years of heavy metal and hard rock in Australia from Buffalo and AC/DC through to Nothing Sacrade, Renegade and the early years of thrash with Hobbs Angel of Death and Mortal Sin. We dive into the grassroots of heavy metal music in Australia and charts the emergence of important record stores, zines, magazines and more.
Episode 2 begins out West, with the emergence of thrash metal icons of Perth: Allegiance. Things start to get extreme with bands such as Damaged, and turn ugly when Bloodduster enters the scene. The episode is rounded out with Dave Slave and the ultra-important Sadistik Exekution.
Episode 3 starts in the tattoo parlour of Segressions’ Chris Rand and charts the rise of a new wave of metal across the country with the likes of Frankenbok, Dreadnaught and Tasmania’s heavy metal kings Psycroptic. Then we look at the early 2000’s and the raft of technical and progressive metal bands hitting the scene.